Having been a notable absence from the Palace touchline in the opening weeks of the 2018-19 season, Steven Reid yesterday announced that he is leaving his coaching role with the club following a change in personal circumstances.
Just want to say a massive thanks to everybody at @CPFC for an unbelievable time at the club. A special club with special fans. Unfortunately for personal reasons it’s time to take a break for a while. Been a privilege to work alongside the staff and a fantastic group of players.
— STEVEN REID (@stevenreid12) September 4, 2018
Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Reid is most widely known for his connections with Millwall, who he played for both as an academy prospect and a professional, breaking into the Lions’ squad in 1998 before going on to make over 150 appearances for them in a five-year spell as part of the first-team.
Moves to Blackburn, West Brom and Burnley followed, as did a seven-year association with the Republic of Ireland national team, for whom he made 23 appearances and scored two goals between 2001 and 2008.
Having called time on his playing career in May of 2015, Reid was named as Reading’s first-team coach the very next month, staying until July of 2017, when he left the Royals to “pursue new challenges”. It took until September for him to take up the post of first-team coach under Hodgson at Selhurst Park, helping the former England boss dig the Eagles out of relegation trouble to finish in a highly creditable 11th place the following May.
Whilst it goes without saying that the gaffer, the players, our supporters and the board would all have loved to see Steven stay on for another season, his personal choices must be respected. One or two people have voiced concerns over the vagueness of his departure but for me, a man’s private decisions don’t need to be scrutinised in a public setting.
Whether or not the club will look to source a direct replacement for Steven is as of yet unknown but in the immediate future, I have no doubt in saying that his presence will be missed both by everyone of a red and blue persuasion.